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Porcupine Tree


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4 stars Another solid offering from Steven Wilson and the gang. this time BEFORE the metal influences!

1. Bornlivedie- Hard to rate. Prologue to the album, amusing and sets the tone quite well. Not much actual music though. 7/10

2. Signify- This actually stemmed from an experiment gone wrong from Porcupine Tree covering Neu's Hallogallo. I like the original version too, but this cut turned out to be more rock-based than the original and works better as the real opener to this album. Fantastic playing, great song to start! 9/10

3. Sleep of No Dreaming- Another wonderful song here, with some cool keyboards that almost have a jazzy feel. Great spacey vocals from Steven Wilson and the composition is a pretty solid Porcupine Tree composition. A bit on the mellow side with a wonderful but short guitar part as well. 8/10

4. Pagan- Short but pleasant interlude, continues the haunting, spacey mood. 6/10

5. Waiting Phase One- Really good vocals here and the song is extremely well-composed. This is one of my favorites on here and it's one of the first Porcupine Tree songs I ever heard. The guitar shines in this track and the atmosphere is continued with ease, this time on a more upbeat note. 9/10

6. Waiting Phase Two- Awesome opening to this song! I really like the tribal drums and how the sound effects work to create the atmosphere once again. If there's one thing that Porcupine Tree have always been good at, it's making a song sound really good and they know how to build one. Another highlight. 9/10

7. Sever- Good song, more in the vein of Sleep of No Dreaming than the last two. I like the chorus and the mood continues quite nicely as well. Everything flows greatly. 8/10

8. Idiot Prayer- Wow, this is a great ambient track! I really like the way this one is composed; the keyboards and drums combine to make an always-exciting piece. The vocal interludes all throughout make analyzing this song even more intriguing. This is my favorite track on here if I had to choose. 10/10

9. Every Home Is Wired- Moody, ballad-esque song in PT style. Not the best on here, especially after the amazing Idiot Prayer, but it is decent nonetheless. Good vocals and a good atmosphere to it. I like the ending where it takes a turn and descends into a psychedelic ending which gives way to the next song. 7/10

10. Intermediate Jesus- Great track here! It deals with religious fundamentalism but there aren't really any sung vocals here; it is mostly instrumental. I really like the mood to this one and it is in some ways similar to Idiot Prayer in the way that it builds so effectively throughout its duration. Great drums on this one! 9/10

11. Light Mass Prayers- Good looped song, but it can get monotonous. I suppose that's the desired effect, however. It is quite interesting and almost feels like a church/heavenly chant. 7/10

12. Dark Matter- An awesome closer to this album and quite fitting, and the lyrics can be quite depressing (which fits the mood). Again, the song structure is good, the song never overstays its welcome, and the instruments all are played with efficiency. Wilson's vocals are good, as always. 8/10

This is easily an excellent addition to any prog collection, a wonderful, spacey, psychedelic album by Porcupine Tree. the best part is that their best era had yet to come!

MovingPictures07 | 4/5 |


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